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by Astronaut photograph was taken on January 26, 2004, using a Kodak digital camera with a 400 mm lens, and was provided by Julie Robinson, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory (Lockheed Martin), Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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This international image of the El Paso-Juárez area on the U.S.-Mexico border is the <a href="http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/releases/2004/J04-006.html"><strong>100,000th</strong> photograph of Earth</a> that astronauts have taken from the International Space Station. It was taken on January 26, 2004, by Expedition 8 crewmembers.The Rio Grande can be seen meandering through the area, forming the boundary between the sister cities...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Sun, What -- Earth, Where -- Texas
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16721
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by Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell
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On May 19th, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view of the Sun sinking below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol’s data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset. This small panorama of the western sky was obtained using Pancam’s 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and...
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Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Sun, What -- Crater, What -- Mars,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17213
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by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights).
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This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. This record includes preview images and...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Polar, What -- Visible Light, What -- Defense Meteorological Satellite
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2434
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A massive solar flare erupted from the surface of the Sun at 9:51 UTC on October 28, 2003. The solar flare persisted for more than an hour, peaking at 11:10 UTC. Associated with the flare was an ejection of a billion tons or more of gas from the Sun’s tenuous outer atmosphere, or corona. Both the flare and the coronal mass ejection accelerated electrically charged particles to very high energies and hurled them at near the speed of light directly toward the Earth. It takes light roughly 8...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- SOHO, What -- Imager, What -- Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16618
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by Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC
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This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth. The image is a combination of data from two satellites. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" TARGET="outlink">Terra</a> satellite collected the land surface data over 16 days, while NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- Snapshot
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15529
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by Animation courtesy by Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA/GSFC Visualization and Analysis Lab
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To mark the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission and the famous “Blue Marble” full Earth image, Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visualization and Analysis Lab has rendered a new visualization inspired by the mission.The 21 second visualization begins with the current Kennedy Space Center launch pads in the Cape Canveral area where the Apollo missions started and the Space Shuttle Missions start today. The launch pads and Florida recede from view and the full Earth fills the frame. This...
Topics: What -- Apollo 17, What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Moon, What -- Clementine,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4267
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by Images and animation courtesy Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory
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<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"><b>large images</b> <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/aqua_beautyshot.jpg">Aqua Beauty Shot</a> (244 KB JPEG) <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/aqua_deploy.1.jpg">Aqua Orbiting the Earth</a> (300 KB JPEG) <br/><a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- EOS, What -- Aqua
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16076
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by Astronaut photograph was acquired in July of 1969 with a Hasselblad film camera. The image is provided by the Earth Observations and Image Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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The Moon (or ‘Luna’ in Latin) has occupied a prominent place in myth and folklore throughout human history. In the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere, the day-to-day change in the time of moonrise is smallest in the months surrounding the fall equinox. This consistency is due to the small angle between the horizon and the ecliptic (the apparent sky path traveled by both the Moon and the Sun) at this time of year. The bright, full disk of Luna provides enough dependable light in the...
Topics: What -- Moon, What -- Sun, What -- Apollo 11, What -- Earth
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16959
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by Animation courtesy NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio, based on data from MODIS, Landsat 7, and Space Imaging’s IKONOS. Still image copyright Inc.
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Satellite remote sensors view the Earth at many scales of space, ranging from global through continental, regional, and local—even observing details as small as one meter (three feet) across. These data enable scientists to study a wide range of phenomena that occur over these same scales of space, such as El Niño, droughts, storms, and flash floods.The above image shows the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles, California. It is the final frame in an <a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15708
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by Images by Stuart Snodgrass, NASA Goddard SVS; Landsat 7 data courtesy USGS Eros Data Center; MODIS data courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team
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On July 29, 2001, emergency workers in Sicily, Italy, were working round the clock to reinforce dams to contain the lava flows threatening the tourist base, called Rifugio Sapienza, at the foot of Mt. Etna. Another river of lava stopped just short (about 4 km) of the town of Nicolosi. Meanwhile, the air over southeastern Sicily is thick with ash and nearby residents of Catania, a town located downwind of the volcanic plume, have been forced to use umbrellas while walking outside. As of August...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Terra, What -- Earth, What -- EOS, What -- Enterprise, Where -- Italy,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1898
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/JPL,
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High resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/misr_himalaya_nadir.jpg">true-color image</a> <br/>High resolution <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/misr_himalaya_anaglyph.jpg">anaglyph</a>The Tibetan Plateau and a portion of the Himalayan Mountain chain are captured in this Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) true-color and stereo images from May 14, 2000. The upper image is composed of...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- STEREO, What -- Earth, What -- Sun, Where -- Nepal
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15646
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by Image courtesy SOHO Extreme ultaviolet Imaging Telescope, ESA/NASA
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At the height of the solar cycle, the Sun is finally displaying some fireworks. This image from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) shows a large solar flare from June 6, 2000 at 1424 Universal Time (10:24 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time). Associated with the flare was a coronal mass ejection that sent a wave of fast moving charged particles straight towards Earth. (The image was acquired by the Extreme ultaviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT), one of 12 instruments aboard SOHO)Solar...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- SOHO, What -- FAST, What -- Earth
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15440
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by Images and animation by Robert Simmon, based on data aqcuired by the Landsat data is archived and distributed by the
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Although it is now the largest desert on Earth, during the last ice age the Sahara was a savannah with a climate similar to that of present-day Kenya and Tanzania. The annual rainfall was much greater than it is now, creating many rivers and lakes that are now hidden under shifting sands or exposed as barren salt flats. Over several hundred thousand years the rains also filled a series of vast underground aquifers. Modern African nations are now mining this <i>fossil...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Kenya, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Egypt, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16012
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This stereoscopic image pair is a perspective view that shows the western part of the city of Pasadena, California, looking north toward the San Gabriel Mountains. Portions of the cities of Altadena and La Canada Flintridge are also shown. The cluster of large buildings left of center, at the base of the mountains, is the Jet Propulsion Laborat ory. This image shows the power of combining data from different sources to create planning tools to study problems that affect large urban areas. In...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=347
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by Image courtesy NASA Johnson Space Center
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This classic photograph of the Earth was taken on December 7, 1972. The original caption is reprinted below:View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap. Note the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere. Almost the entire coastline of Africa is clearly...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Apollo 17, What -- Moon, What -- Polar, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1597
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by Image courtesy GOES project
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Tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas on May 3, 1999, killed at least 40 people and caused over 500 million dollars in damages. One of the tornadoes was an F-5, the largest and most powerful classification. Although no direct measurement of windspeed is possible in such powerful storms, winds in an F-5 tornado are capable of topping 300 miles per hour.The GOES-East weather satellite produces images of most of the United States every 30 minutes in visible and infra-red wavelengths. This image was...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Oklahoma, Where -- Kansas, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15349
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This is the first image of Earth ever taken from another planet that actually shows our home as a planetary disk. Because Earth and the Moon are closer to the Sun than Mars, they exhibit phases, just as the Moon, Venus, and Mercury do when viewed from Earth. As seen from Mars by the NASA Mars Global Surveyor on May 8, 2003, at 13:00 GMT (6:00 a.m. PDT), Earth and the Moon appeared in the evening sky. This Earth/Moon image has been specially processed to allow both Earth (with an apparent...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Moon, What -- Sun, What -- Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter (MGS), What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16459
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by Images courtesy Hassan Partow, UNEP; animation by Lori Perkins, NASA GSFC Science Visualization Studio, based on data from the and the
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Landsat satellite imagery reveals that in the last 10 years, wetlands that once covered as much as 20,000 square km (7,725 square miles) in parts of Iraq and Iran have been reduced to about 15 percent of their original size. Through the damming and siphoning off of waters from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, the ecosystem has been decimated and, as a result, a number of plant and animal species face possible extinction.The top image is a false-color composite made from data collected by the...
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2056
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by Animation courtesy NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio, based on data from MODIS, Landsat 7, and Space Imaging’s IKONOS. Still image copyright Inc.
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Satellite remote sensors view the Earth at many scales of space, ranging from global through continental, regional, and local—even observing details as small as one meter (three feet) across. These data enable scientists to study a wide range of phenomena that occur over these same scales of space, such as El Niño, droughts, storms, and flash floods.The above image shows the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles, California. It is the final frame in an <a...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Los Angeles, Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1720
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by NASA JPL
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This is an image of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and its surroundings, centered at 51.17 north latitude and 30.15 east longitude. The image was acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C and X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on its 16th orbit on October 1, 1994. The area is located on the northern border of the Ukraine Republic and was produced by using the L-band (horizontally transmitted and received) polarization. The differences in the intensity are due...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=403
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by Images and animation courtesy NASA GSFC based on data from MOPITT ( and .)
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NASA's <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov">Terra</a> spacecraft has assembled the most complete view ever of the world's air pollution travelling through the atmosphere, across continents and oceans. For the first time, policymakers and scientists now have a way to identify the major sources of air pollution and to closely track where the pollution goes, anywhere on Earth. The false colors in these images represent levels of carbon monoxide in the lower...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Toronto
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1788
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by Images and animation by Robert Simmon, based on data aqcuired by the Landsat data is archived and distributed by the
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Although it is now the largest desert on Earth, during the last ice age the Sahara was a savannah with a climate similar to that of present-day Kenya and Tanzania. The annual rainfall was much greater than it is now, creating many rivers and lakes that are now hidden under shifting sands or exposed as barren salt flats. Over several hundred thousand years the rains also filled a series of vast underground aquifers. Modern African nations are now mining this <i>fossil...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Kenya, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Egypt, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2507
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by Images and animation courtesy NASA GSFC .)
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NASA's <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> spacecraft has assembled the most complete view ever of the world's air pollution travelling through the atmosphere, across continents and oceans. For the first time, policymakers and scientists now have a way to identify the major sources of air pollution and to closely track where the pollution goes, anywhere on Earth. The false colors in these images represent levels of carbon...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Toronto
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15738
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by NASA GSFC, MITI, ERSDAC, JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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This image of the city of Tokyo was acquired on March 22, 2000 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite. With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region, and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER will image the earth for the next 6 years to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet.This false color infrared image covers an area 60 km wide and 75 km...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=330
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A flyby around Mt Fuji volcano, Japan was created completely from ASTER data, It shows how ASTER's stereo imaging capability will allow us to produce detailed elevation data. Topography is one of the most important and basic characteristics of the land. By combining the elevation with image data, we can visualize the 3-dimensional properties of the landscape. Over the lifetime of the mission we plan to acquire stereo data for the entire land surface of Earth. Sensor: Terra/ASTER.
Topics: What -- ASTER, What -- STEREO, What -- Earth, Where -- Japan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=93
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by NASA JPL
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This is an image of the area around the city of Angkor, Cambodia. The city houses an ancient complex of more than 60 temples dating back to the 9th century. The principal complex, Angkor Wat, is the bright square just left of the center of the image. It is surrounded by a reservoir that appears in this image as a thick black line. The larger bright square above Angkor Wat is another temple complex called Angkor Thom. Archeologists studying this image believe the blue- purple area slightly north...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=596
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by Animation by Robert Simmon, courtesy of the Global Hydrology and Climate Center
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In this animation, lightning flashes -- recorded during the NASA Lightning Imaging Sensor's pass over storms moving through Oklahoma in October 1998 -- are overlaid on high-resolution infrared cloud-top data from the orbiting Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. High flash rates visible in the heaviest storm areas may indicate the potential for tornado formation. With an optical sensor locked into geostationary orbit over the Earth, such useful information would be available...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Earth, Where -- Oklahoma
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15412
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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For almost 2,000 years, the River Thames has served as the life force of London, capital of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s most famous cities. In AD 43 the Romans established the trading settlement of Londinium at a favorable crossing point on the river. The Romans remained until the 5th century, when the city came under Saxon control. The early 17th century saw enormous growth, but the deadly plague of 1664 and 1665 ravaged the population, and in the following year the Great Fire,...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16358
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This is a radar image of a region in northern Sudan called the Keraf Suture that reveals newly discovered geologic features buried beneath layers of sand. This discovery is being used to guide field studies of the region and has opened up new perspectives on old problems, such as what controls the course of the Nile, a question that has perplexed geologists for centuries. The Nile is the yellowish/green line that runs from the top to the bottom of the image. A small town, Abu Dis, can be seen...
Topics: What -- Discovery, What -- Landsat, What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=464
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by Image courtesy Brian Montgomery, NASA GSFC; data by Paul Lowman and Jacob Yates, NASA GSFC
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This tectonic relief map of the north pole is the result of new satellite-based technologies which are being used to analyze tectonic activity in the Earth's crust. These maps, known as Digital Tectonic Activity Maps (DTAMs), synoptically depict the architecture of the Earth's crust including current and past tectonic activity. This is significant because it permits researchers to view broad zones of activity over the entire surface of the Earth, rather than focusing on single boundary...
Topic: What -- Earth
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1491
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, Jim Knighton () of Clear Light Image Products produced the image mosaic. Please note that the image shown here is at a pixel resolution of approximately 1.1 kilometers, but a more detailed version at a resolution of 278 meters is available from the producer. Text by Clare Averill (Raytheon ITSS / Jet Propulsion Laboratory).
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This natural-color satellite image shows the meeting place of Earth's second largest and second smallest continents: Africa and Europe. This image is a mosaic of numerous images captured throughout 2000-02 by the vertical-viewing (nadir) camera on the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) on NASA’s <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite.From the northeast (upper right), the image traverses a portion of the...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Atlas, What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- The Valley, Where -- France,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17131
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by NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courstesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.
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The ancient city of Angkor sat at the center of the once powerful Khmer Empire of Southeast Asia. Located north of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, the capital city flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries. The royal family abandoned the city in the 15th century, and the city was swallowed by the surrounding jungle, though never entirely abandoned. Now a World Heritage Site, the ruins of the ancient city cover some 400 square kilometers. Angkor has been called one of the most important...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- Earth, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17000
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by Courtesy of SOHO/LASCO, SOHO/EIT, and SOHO/MDI consortium. SOHO is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA.
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At 10:40 UTC on September 24, 2001, a large solar flare erupted from the surface of the sun. Pointed almost directly towards the Earth, the flare caused a coronal mass ejection (CME). Coronal mass ejections are composed of fast-moving clouds of ionized gas. These energetic particles can interfere with wireless communications, damage satellites, disrupt the transmission of electricity, and energize the Earth’s upper atmosphere, causing auroras.The images above show several views of the solar...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- FAST, What -- SOHO, What -- Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15854
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by Astronaut photograph was taken July 29, 2003 with a Kodak DCS760 digital camera equipped with an 800mm lens and provided by Cynthia A. Evans (Lockheed Martin / Earth Observations Laboratory, Johnson Space Center). The supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC
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high-resolution 1000 pixel-wide image (1.1 MB JPEG) It was Texas hot when this view of the capital city of Austin was taken in late July by astronaut Ed Lu. Adding to the rising temperatures were heated debates in the Texas Capitol Building, where a special session had convened. Eleven senate Democrats thwarted a redistricting vote by disappearing from the state. Were Lu, and his Expedition 7 partner Yuri Malenchenko looking for the missing Democrats? We’ll never know, but they expanded their...
Topics: Who -- Yuri Malenchenko, What -- Earth, What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Texas,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16552
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by NASA graph by Robert Simmon, based on data provided by the NOAA
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Pioneering climate scientist Charles David Keeling died Monday, June 20, 2005. Keeling was best known for his precise measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide, charted above in the Keeling curve, one of the most recognizable images in modern science.The measurements show the steady rise of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere over a forty-seven-year period (1958-2005). Regular wobbles reflect the inhalation and exhalation of the Earth as plants grow, absorbing carbon in the summer and...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17223
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by Image created by Reto Stockli with the help of Alan Nelson, under the leadership of Fritz Hasler
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Recalling the famous Apollo-era pictures of Earth taken by lunar astronauts, this digital image is a spectacular portrait of the Western Hemisphere at the time of one of the strongest hurricanes ever observed in the Eastern Pacific.This combination of science, engineering and artistry was generated by researchers in the Laboratory for Atmospheres at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, using data from three different Earth-observing satellite instruments.The research team's goal...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- GOES-O, What -- Polar, What -- Moon, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15410
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by Data courtesy Bruce Wielicki and Takmeng Wong, and the CERES Science Team at NASA Langley Research Center; Images courtesy Tom Bridgman, NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio.
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CERES measured the thermal energy emitted from the regions of the Indian subcontinent and northern Africa, as shown in this image from May 2001. The heat wave in Pakistan that killed at least 33 people the weekend of May 5-6 is seen in yellow as a region emitting high values of thermal energy.What do the colors mean? The smallest amount of Earth's radiation emitted to space is shown in white over Greenland and Antarctica. The levels of energy increase from blue to red to yellow. The greatest...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Pakistan, Where -- Greenland
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<i>November 2000</i>—A mass of storm clouds was observed and recorded from the International Space Station (ISS) by the Expedition 1 crew members. The picture, made with an Electrical Still Camera (ESC), was the first Earth observation still image downlinked by the three-man crew. Crew members are cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, flight engineer; astronaut William Shepherd, mission commander; and cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko, Soyuz commander.Because the ISS communication...
Topics: Who -- Sergei Krikalev, Who -- William Shepherd, Who -- Yuri Gidzenko, What -- International Space...
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by Animation by Robert Simmon, courtesy of the Global Hydrology and Climate Center
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In this animation, lightning flashes -- recorded during the NASA Lightning Imaging Sensor's pass over storms moving through Oklahoma in October 1998 -- are overlaid on high-resolution infrared cloud-top data from the orbiting Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. High flash rates visible in the heaviest storm areas may indicate the potential for tornado formation. With an optical sensor locked into geostationary orbit over the Earth, such useful information would be available...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Earth, Where -- Oklahoma
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by Animation courtesy by Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA/GSFC Visualization and Analysis Lab
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To mark the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission and the famous “Blue Marble” full Earth image, Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visualization and Analysis Lab has rendered a new visualization inspired by the mission.The 21 second visualization begins with the current Kennedy Space Center launch pads in the Cape Canveral area where the Apollo missions started and the Space Shuttle Missions start today. The launch pads and Florida recede from view and the full Earth fills the frame. This...
Topics: What -- Apollo 17, What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Moon, What -- Clementine,...
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Global images of Earth from Galileo. In each frame, the continent of Antarctica is visible at the bottom of the globe. South America may be seen in the first frame (top left), the great Pacific Ocean in the second (bottom left), India at the top and Australia to the right in the third (top right), and Africa in the fourth (bottom right). Taken at six-hour intervals on December 11, 1990, at a range of between 2 and 2.7 million kilometers (1.2 to 1.7 million miles). P-37630 < P>These images...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Galileo, What -- Sun, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- Australia, Where --...
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View an &lt;a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/superflare.mov"&gt;animation&lt;/a&gt; from the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT).At 4:51 p.m. EDT, on Monday, April 2, 2001, the sun unleashed the biggest solar flare ever recorded, as observed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite. The flare was definitely more powerful than the famous solar flare on March 6, 1989, which was related to the disruption of power grids in Canada. This recent...
Topics: What -- Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope, What -- Sun, What -- SOHO, What -- Earth, Where --...
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This image presents a remarkable view of the North Atlantic Ocean, stretching from the equator and western Africa northward to Iceland and Greenland, with sunset occurring over (north to south) Scandinavia, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, and the Ivory Coast.Here is an opportunity for you to play image detective. How on Earth was this image made? Is it a painting, or a map? Is it a photograph? If so, was it taken from a high-flying aircraft, or from outer space? Is it a satellite image, or...
Topics: What -- Opportunity, What -- Earth, Where -- Atlantic Ocean, Where -- Iceland, Where -- Greenland,...
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by Courtesy of SOHO/LASCO, SOHO/EIT, and SOHO/MDI consortium. SOHO is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA.
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At 10:40 UTC on September 24, 2001, a large solar flare erupted from the surface of the sun. Pointed almost directly towards the Earth, the flare caused a coronal mass ejection (CME). Coronal mass ejections are composed of fast-moving clouds of ionized gas. These energetic particles can interfere with wireless communications, damage satellites, disrupt the transmission of electricity, and energize the Earth’s upper atmosphere, causing auroras.The images above show several views of the solar...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- FAST, What -- SOHO, What -- Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging...
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This June 16, 2000 image of Istanbul, Turkey show a full 60 by 60 km ASTER scene in the visible and infrared channels. Vegetation appears red, and urban areas blue-green. Bustling Istanbul, with its magnificent historical heritage, has spanned the divide between Europe and Asia for more than 2,500 years. Originally called Byzantium, the city was founded in the 7th century BC on the Golden Horn, an arm of the narrow Bosporus Strait, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the south, with the Black...
Topics: What -- ASTER, What -- Earth, What -- Terra, What -- STEREO, Where -- Istanbul, Where -- Turkey,...
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This image of Alexandria was taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station in December 2000 using an Electronic Still Camera. A wider-angle view (STS088-739-90) taken from the Space Shuttle in December 1998 is available for context.Alexandria (Al Iskandariya) occupies a T-shaped peninsula and strip of land separating the Mediterranean from Lake Mariout. Originally the town was built upon a mole (stone breakwater) called Heptastadium, which joined the island of Pharos (see...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Electronic Still...
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Most of Los Angeles is visible in this computer-generated, north by northeast perspective taken from above the Pacific Ocean. In the foreground, the hilly Palos Verdes Peninsula lies to the left of Long Beach Harbor. Farther back sit the various communities that comprise the greater Los Angeles area. They appear as shades of gray and white. In the distance, the San Gabriel Mountains rise up to separate the Los Angeles Basin from the Mojave Desert, which can be seen near the top of the...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 5, What -- Earth, What --...
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by Image courtesy Terence Sabaka, NASA GSFC
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Scientists from NASA and the United States Geological Survey teamed up to produce one of the most accurate and complete databases of the magnetic properties of Earth rocks ever assembled. The database is helpful for scientists conducting surveys of ground water, prospecting for valuable mineral concentrations, or assessing potential earthquake hazards. The data used to produce the colorful map shown above have even proven useful in models used to reconstruct the Earth’s geologic past. By...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Magsat, What -- Polar, What -- CHAMP, What -- Oersted, Where -- United...
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by NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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These images of the San Francisco Bay region were acquired on March 3, 2000 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite. Each covers an area 60 kilometers (37 miles) wide and 75 kilometers (47 miles) long. With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region, and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER will image the earth for the next 6 years to map and monitor the...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What --...
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This space radar image shows the area surrounding the Dead Sea along the West Bank between Israel and Jordan. This region is of major cultural and historical importance to millions of Muslims, Jews and Christians who consider it the Holy Land. The yellow area at the top of the image is the city of Jericho. A portion of the Dead Sea is shown as the large black area at the top right side of the image. The Jordan River is the white line at the top of the image which flows into the Dead Sea....
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
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This classic photograph of the Earth was taken on December 7, 1972. The original caption is reprinted below:View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. This translunar coast photograph extends from the Mediterranean Sea area to the Antarctica south polar ice cap. This is the first time the Apollo trajectory made it possible to photograph the south polar ice cap. Note the heavy cloud cover in the Southern Hemisphere. Almost the entire coastline of Africa is clearly...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Apollo 17, What -- Moon, What -- Polar, Where -- Mediterranean Sea
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Most of Los Angeles is visible in this computer-generated, north by northeast perspective taken from above the Pacific Ocean. In the foreground, the hilly Palos Verdes Peninsula lies to the left of Long Beach Harbor. Farther back sit the various communities that comprise the greater Los Angeles area. They appear as shades of gray and white. In the distance, the San Gabriel Mountains rise up to separate the Los Angeles Basin from the Mojave Desert, which can be seen near the top of the...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 5, What -- Earth, What --...
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This composite image is of an area thought to contain the ruins of the ancient settlement of Niya. It is located in the southwest corner of the Taklamakan Desert in China's Sinjiang Province. This region was part of some of China's earliest dynasties and from the third century BC on was traversed by the famous Silk Road. The Silk Road, passing east-west through this image, was an ancient trade route that led across Central Asia's desert to Persia, Byzantium and Rome....
Topics: What -- Radar Imager, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Spaceborne Imaging...
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by Visualization by Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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As scientists begin to map the world's coral, they're developing tools that can combine the findings of many different instruments into a comprehensive database. This visualization shows how that kind of synthesis might fit together.More specifically, the purpose of this sequence is to demonstrate how different levels of resolution can contribute to a more refined total picture of what actually lives beneath the surface of the world's coastal oceans. The data sets are collected from the...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Landsat 5, What -- Earth, What -- Opportunity, Where --...
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by Image by Reto Stöckli, Render by Robert Simmon. Based on data from the
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This spectacular Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) “blue marble” image is based on the most detailed collection of true-color imagery of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. Most of the information contained in this image...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Polar, What -- Visible Light
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by Astronaut photograph was provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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&lt;font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"&gt;high resolution &lt;a href="http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/sseop/images/EO/highres/ISS005/ISS005-E-15458.JPG" target="outlink"&gt;1000 pixel-wide image&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/font&gt;On September 25, 2002, astronauts aboard the International Space Station viewed Easter Island, one of the most remote locations on Earth. Easter Island is more than 2000 miles from the closest populations on...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Earth, What --...
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by Image created by Reto Stockli with the help of Alan Nelson, under the leadership of Fritz Hasler
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Recalling the famous Apollo-era pictures of Earth taken by lunar astronauts, this digital image is a spectacular portrait of the Western Hemisphere at the time of one of the strongest hurricanes ever observed in the Eastern Pacific.This combination of science, engineering and artistry was generated by researchers in the Laboratory for Atmospheres at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, using data from three different Earth-observing satellite instruments.The research team's goal...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Environmental Satellite, What -- GOES-O, What -- Polar, What -- Moon, Where...
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This spaceborne radar image shows archeological sites, the environment that gave rise to them, and modern developments that threaten them in the region around Petra, Jordan, a World Heritage Site. The bright line across the center of the image (running right to left or north to south) is a geological boundary between the limestone highlands (purple area) of Jebal Shara (the biblical Mount Sier) and deeply eroded sandstone steppes (green and orange area). For thousands of years, springs that...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
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This is a radar image of the region around the site of the lost city of Ubar in southern Oman, on the Arabian Peninsula. The ancient city was discovered in 1992 with the aid of remote sensing data. Archeologists believe Ubar existed from about 2800 B.C. to about 300 A.D. and was a remote desert outpost where caravans were assembled for the transport of frankincense across the desert. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; This image was acquired on orbit 65 of space shuttle Endeavour on April...
Topics: What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Earth,...
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by Images and (click to order high-resolution images), were provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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Some of the most breathtaking views of Earth taken from space are those that capture our planet’s limb. When viewed from the side, the Earth looks like a flat circle, and the atmosphere appears like a halo around it. This glowing halo is known as the limb. Viewed from satellites, space shuttles, and even the moon, the image of this luminous envelope of gases shielding the life on our planet from the dark, cold space beyond rarely fails to fascinate us.The two images above show the Earth’s...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Moon, What -- International Space Station...
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A massive solar flare erupted from the surface of the Sun at 9:51 UTC on October 28, 2003. The solar flare persisted for more than an hour, peaking at 11:10 UTC. Associated with the flare was an ejection of a billion tons or more of gas from the Sun’s tenuous outer atmosphere, or corona. Both the flare and the coronal mass ejection accelerated electrically charged particles to very high energies and hurled them at near the speed of light directly toward the Earth. It takes light roughly 8...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- SOHO, What -- Imager, What -- Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging...
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by Animation courtesy Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA/GSFC Visualization and Analysis Lab
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animations (on the Visible Earth)   Web (14 MB QuickTime)   NTSC (40 MB QuickTime)   Broadcast Quality (351 MB QuickTime)   High Definition (49 MB MPEG-2) To mark the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission and the famous “Blue Marble” full Earth image, Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visualization and Analysis Lab has rendered a new visualization inspired by the mission.The 21 second visualization begins with the current Kennedy Space Center launch pads in the Cape Canveral area...
Topics: What -- Apollo 17, What -- Earth, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Moon, What -- Clementine,...
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by (NASA Image by Robert Simmon, based on Landsat data provided by the UMD )
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In many low-lying coastal cities around the world, people have pushed development right out to the water’s edge. On most days, such closeness to the water is a pleasure, even a luxury. But when hurricanes and tropical storms approach, it’s a different story. People can evacuate themselves, but they can’t take their homes, airports, or roadways with them. The damage to development by flooding, winds, and storm surges can be severe.This Landsat satellite image of Tampa Bay on the western...
Topics: What -- Landsat, What -- ST 1, What -- Earth, Where -- Florida
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, Text by Clare Averill (Raytheon/JPL).
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After causing widespread destruction on Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Jeanne was weakened to Tropical Storm status for several days before it regained strength over the Bahamas as a Category 2 hurricane. When Jeanne made landfall in U.S. territory on September 26, it was the fourth major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season to strike Florida. These visualizations of Hurricane Jeanne on September 24 were captured by NASA’s Multi-angle Imaging...
Topics: What -- MISR, What -- Opportunity, What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Puerto Rico, Where --...
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This radar image is of an area thought to contain the ruins of the ancient settlement of Niya. It is located in the southwestern corner of the Taklamakan Desert in China's Sinjiang Province. This oasis was part of the famous Silk Road, an ancient trade route from one of China's earliest capitols, Xian, to the West. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; The image shows a white linear feature trending diagonally from the upper left to the lower right. Scientists believe this newly discovered...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
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This image shows the area around the January 26, 2001, earthquake in western India, the deadliest in the country's history with some 20,000 fatalities. The epicenter of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake was just to the left of the center of the image. The Gulf of Kachchh (or Kutch) is the black area running from the lower left corner towards the center of the image. The city of Bhuj is in the yellow-toned area among the brown hills left of the image center and is the historical capital of the...
Topics: What -- Indus, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Space Shuttle...
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&lt;i&gt;November 2000&lt;/i&gt;—A mass of storm clouds was observed and recorded from the International Space Station (ISS) by the Expedition 1 crew members. The picture, made with an Electrical Still Camera (ESC), was the first Earth observation still image downlinked by the three-man crew. Crew members are cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, flight engineer; astronaut William Shepherd, mission commander; and cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko, Soyuz commander.Because the ISS communication...
Topics: Who -- Sergei Krikalev, Who -- William Shepherd, Who -- Yuri Gidzenko, What -- International Space...
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by Data courtesy Bruce Wielicki and Takmeng Wong, and the CERES Science Team at NASA Langley Research Center; Images courtesy Tom Bridgman, NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio.
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Today (June 21) is the summer solstice, which serves as an annual reminder of just how much our world is driven by sunlight. Days are longer and, with the increased exposure to solar radiation, temperatures are rising in the Northern Hemisphere. This year NASA scientists have a new pair of eyes with which to watch more closely how the sun influences the Earth’s climate system. Two Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instruments aboard &lt;a...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth
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Deep in the northern Yucatan jungle lies one of the Northern Hemisphere’s oldest solar observatories. At the ruins of an ancient city called Chíchén Itzá (“the mouth of the well”), a well-preserved collection of buildings and plazas reveals the sophisticated astronomical and architectural knowledge possessed by the Maya more than a thousand years ago.The 75-foot pyramid in the center of the site is the Pyramid of Kulkulkán, the Feathered Serpent God of the Maya. The Maya were...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Earth
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This spaceborne radar image is being used by archaeologists to study geographical factors that influenced the cultural developments of Petra, Jordan. For the past 10,000 years, the Petra region has been the site of some of the most important cultural developments in the history of humankind. Early agriculture and metallurgy were practiced here, and links were forged in a trading network that stretched from East Asia to Europe. These events are remembered in sacred stories, and today the region...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Endeavour, What -- Earth,...
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The fires that raged across southern Africa this August and September produced a thick "river of smoke" over the region. NASA-supported studies currently underway on the event will contribute to improved air pollution policies in the region and a better understanding of its impact on climate change.This year the southern African fire season peaked in early September. The region is subject to some of the highest levels of biomass burning in the world. The heaviest burning was in...
Topics: What -- NOAA 14, What -- Earth, What -- Spectrometer, Where -- Zambia, Where -- Angola, Where --...
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This spaceborne radar image shows the area just north of the city of Cairo, Egypt, where the Nile River splits into two main branches. The Rosetta Branch is the curving dark line in the center of the image and the Damietta Branch is the curving dark line in the lower right of the image. The light blue area on the right half of the image is a portion of the Nile River Delta. The thinner, straighter lines and the small network of gold lines are irrigation canals. There are more than 10,000...
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Rosetta, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
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by Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC, based on DMSP data
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This image of Earth’s city lights was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). Originally designed to view clouds by moonlight, the OLS is also used to map the locations of permanent lights on the Earth’s surface.The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. (Compare western Europe with China and India.) Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks....
Topics: What -- Defense Meteorological Satellite, What -- DMSP, What -- Earth, Where -- China, Where --...
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This radar image shows the area west of the Nile River near Cairo, Egypt. The Nile River is the dark band along the right side of the image and it flows approximately due North from the bottom to the right. The boundary between dense urbanization and the desert can be clearly seen between the bright and dark areas in the center of the image. This boundary represents the approximate extent of yearly Nile flooding which played an important part in determining where people lived in ancient Egypt....
Topics: What -- Spaceborne Imaging Radar, What -- Endeavour, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Earth,...
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by NASA image by Reto Stöckli and Robert Simmon
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Everyone knows that NASA studies space; fewer people know that NASA also studies Earth. Since the agency’s creation almost 50 years ago, NASA has been a world leader in space-based studies of our home planet. Today, NASA operates 18 of the most advanced Earth-observing satellites ever built. In honor of the deployment of this Earth Observing System, NASA is pleased to share the next generation of its series of stunning “Blue Marble” Earth images.This image of Africa from March 2005 is...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Victoria
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